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West and Klein both oppose Ground Zero mosque

Republican Congressional candidate Allen West has asked Democratic Congressman Ron Klein to oppose the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero in New York City. From a West press release Thursday:

"As you know, yesterday morning I delivered a letter to Ron Klein, asking him to put down partisan politics and join me in sending a strong message to President Obama from the constituents of Congressional District 22, demanding that he side with the vast majority of the American people and condemn the building of the mosque at Ground Zero. As I mentioned in my letter to Klein, the Constitution allows for freedom of religion; however, the proposed mosque goes well beyond the First Amendment.  .... it is important that we come together at this critical moment to send a clear message to our President - the hallowed ground in Lower Manhattan is no place for an Islamic cultural center and mosque."

Klein provided a quote to the Palm Beach Post Monday morning, according to Klein spokeswoman Sarah Rothschild. We couldn't find that quote on the Post's website but here's what he said according to Rothschild:

“Ground Zero is sacred ground," Klein said. "It is a place where thousands of innocent Americans lost their lives, and religious and political controversy should not be injected into the memorial site. This is simply not the place for any religious or political institution, instead, Ground Zero should be a living memorial where all Americans can honor those who were killed on September 11, 2001.”


 



 

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Trencherbone

We need to celebrate diversity by acknowledging that Ground Zero is a hallowed site for Muslims as well as for Jews and Christians, and it is only right that they should build a mosque there.

Ground Zero is sacred to Islam as being the altar on which 3000 najis kafirs were sacrificed as burnt offerings to Allah (aka Moloch).

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It is interesting that Americans who shun the discrimination of outside religions in Muslim countries are reacting by embracing the same religious bigotry and principles.
Allen West is a Religious BIGOT.
He believes he has the right to restrict and castigate the beliefs of one of the world's largest religious populations.
America is founded on the Principle of Religious Freedom.
Telling people they must renounce their religion to be Americans is absurd.
BTW West, the Constitution you consider so hallowed wasn't written with freedom of religion, that came through the Bill of Rights, which only proves that this document must continue to evolve.
The continued Intolerance shown by this candidate is an affront to our nations highest principles.
Wing Nut banter about being disgusted by COEXIST bumper stickers shows this man is incapable of being a true Representative of ALL the People.
He is a divisive Hate and Fear Monger who wants to turn back the clock on progress, and embrace the failed economic Policies of the Bush Administration.
Truly UN-American

Lisa Krempasky Attorney

I'm tired of the Ground Zero Mosque spin. Of course the first amendment protects the government from silencing religious speech. Of course. Even religious speech I don't agree with. However, that does not require that a building permit be given to anyone at anytime for anything. If the cleric cared about diversity and peace he would take his mosque and move elsewhere. There is no need for it to be there.

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